Public health

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 file photo, a Manila Health officer shows off a pair of vials of the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia in Manila, Philippines. The World Health Organization says that the first-ever vaccine for dengue needs to be dealt with in “a much safer way.” It said the shot should mostly be given to people who have previously been infected with the disease. In November, the vaccine’s manufacturer, Sanofi Pasteur, said that people who had never been sickened by dengue before were at risk of developing more serious disease after getting the shot. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, file)
April 19, 2018 - 11:03 am
LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says the first-ever vaccine for dengue needs to be dealt with in "a much safer way," meaning that the shot should mostly be given to people who have previously been infected with the disease. In November, the vaccine's manufacturer, Sanofi Pasteur, said...
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In this April, 11, 2018, photo, Dr. Deborah Richter, a family medicine and addiction treatment doctor, talks with a reporter at the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier, Vt. Deep within President Donald Trump’s plan to combat opioid abuse, overshadowed by his call for the death penalty for some drug traffickers, is a push to expand the use of medication to treat addiction. It’s a rare instance in which Trump is building on Obama administration policies, and where fractious Republicans and Democrats in Congress have come together. Richter, says medications have helped her patients, especially when combined with counseling. “People got back to what they were before the addiction seized them,” she said. As a doctor, “it was on a personal level so rewarding to save other mothers’ children.” (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)
April 16, 2018 - 6:57 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Deep within President Donald Trump's plan to combat opioid abuse, overshadowed by his call for the death penalty for some drug traffickers, is a push to expand the use of medication to treat addiction. It's a rare instance in which Trump isn't trying roll back Obama administration...
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FILE - In this March 17, 2017 file photo, a health worker vaccinates a baby against yellow fever at a field hospital in Casimiro de Abreu, Brazil. Brazil’s Health Ministry said Thursday, April 12, 2018, that its yellow fever vaccination campaign is significantly short of its goal and that 10 million people still need to be immunized. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)
April 13, 2018 - 12:43 pm
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's yellow fever vaccination campaign has fallen significantly short of its goal, the Health Ministry acknowledged this week, saying that 10 million people in the targeted population still need to be immunized. In January, the ministry launched a campaign to vaccinate more...
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April 12, 2018 - 2:36 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — On a Baltimore street corner, public health workers hand out a life-saving overdose antidote to residents painfully familiar with the ravages of America's opioid epidemic. But the training wraps up quickly; all the naloxone inhalers are claimed within 20 minutes. "We could've...
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April 12, 2018 - 4:24 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Meharry Medical College and the Morehouse School of Medicine have formed a partnership with the University of Zambia to develop an international exchange program focused on disease research and prevention. Officials at Meharry said the program will focus on seven core areas...
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April 11, 2018 - 6:57 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of the country's largest American Indian tribes is the latest to sue pharmaceutical companies and drug distributors, alleging their conduct caused the opioid crisis. The Navajo Nation's lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in New Mexico seeks unspecified...
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FILE - This 2016 digitally-colorized electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the Zika virus, in red, about 40 nanometers in diameter. A study released on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 suggests although signs of Zika infection can be seen in men’s semen for nearly a year, the risk of sexual transmission appears to fade in just one month. (Cynthia Goldsmith/CDC via AP)
April 11, 2018 - 5:12 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Signs of Zika infection can be seen in semen for as long as nine months, but the risk of sexual transmission appears to end in one month, according to a study published Wednesday. The study suggests health officials have been overly cautious in advising couples to abstain from sex...
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FILE - In this June 29, 2016 file photo, a man holds a bag of synthetic marijuana in Houston. In a report released Tuesday, April 10, 2018, fake marijuana likely contaminated with rat poison has killed three people in Illinois and sickened more than 100 others in the past month. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP)
April 10, 2018 - 4:28 pm
Fake marijuana likely contaminated with rat poison has killed three people in Illinois and caused severe bleeding in more than 100 others, including a few in four other states. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has alerted doctors nationwide that patients with severe,...
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April 10, 2018 - 12:47 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian farm has recommenced selling cantaloupes despite the melons being blamed for an outbreak of the deadly listeria bacteria that the World Health Organization said had killed seven people and caused a miscarriage in Australia. The United Nations agency said...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, July 23, 2002 file photo, a doctor holds the medication Zyban in Kansas City, Kan. According to industry-funded research mandated by U.S. and European regulators and released on Monday April 9, 2018, Chantix and Zyban, two heavily promoted smoking cessation drugs, are as safe for the heart as nicotine patches and dummy pills. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
April 09, 2018 - 12:35 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Two popular stop-smoking drugs are as safe for the heart as nicotine patches and dummy pills, according to research requested by U.S. and European regulators. The results come from an extension of a big study of Chantix and Zyban that earlier found no increased risks for severe...
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